OCLC Perceptions Report, pt. 1
When asked the following question, "Please indicate if you have used the following electronic information sources, even if you have used them only once," guess which where the top three resources used? (all ages)
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Electronic books (digital)
E-mail information subscriptions
Instant messaging/online chat
Library Web site
Online librarian question service
Topic-specific Web sites
Ready for the answer? Ok, the first two are easy...
1. E-mail (74%)
2. Search enginge (71%)
But, what was the third? Online news? nope (but close).... Online bookstore? (nope)...Topic-specific Web sites (nope again)
3. I.M./online chat (53%)
I thought this was particularly interesting. Now, I wonder about some of the labels (would most people know what a topic-specific Web page was), but I'm going to use this stat as a quick intro as we start our staff SWOT (Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, Threat) analysis of the Web page...My guess is that most library staff will be surprised by the use of IM/online chat vs other electronic resources....